Garmin announces Edge Explore, an easy-to-use GPS cycling computer with awareness features
Garmin has announced Edge Explore, an easy-to-use bicycle computer that comes with a touchscreen and features to help cyclists increase awareness in busy roads. The gizmo comes bike-specific maps, route suggestions and GPS that tracks how far, how fast, how high and where you ride.
Preloaded on the Edge Explore, the Garmin Cycle Map includes turn-by-turn navigation and alerts that notify riders of sharp curves ahead. It will even guide cyclists back to the route – or back to start – if they stray away or decide to head home early. Before heading out, riders can plan and download their routes on the improved and revamped Course Creator in Garmin Connect, which uses Trendline popularity routing to provide riders with the best road, mountain or gravel routes that are aggregated from those most traveled by fellow cyclists.
When it comes to safety features, Edge Explore plays nice with Garmin Varia products. This means you can pair it with the Garmin RTL510 bike radar for alerts on traffic coming from behind, up to 140 meters away. The Garmin UT800 smart light lights up the road ahead of you and adjusts to your speed. If you happen to be in an unfortunate accident, Edge Explore will automatically send your location to pre-selected emergency contacts.
The Edge Explore gives cyclists the freedom to put their phone away and simply enjoy the ride. Text messages will appear right on the device screen so cyclists can view them at a glance and keep on riding. Rider-to-rider messaging lets cyclists send prewritten messages directly from their Edge Explore to other riders using a compatible device. The Edge Explore automatically uploads rides to the Garmin Connect online fitness community and is customizable by downloading configurable data fields from the Connect IQ™ store.
Edge Explore comes with a battery life in GPS mode of up to 12 hours. Look for it to land in Q3 for a suggested retail price of $399.99.